Neurofeedback for ADHD + ADD: New hope
Attention deficit disorder is associated with decreased activity in attention networks in the brain responsible, especially in the front part of the brain – the frontal lobe. Several studies have shown increased frontal lobe activity after neurofeedback, documenting that neurofeedback is addressing the core problem in ADHD, not just temporarily reducing the symptoms. Learn more about neurofeedback ADHD treatment
At the NeuroDevelopment Center, we are not satisfied with “maybes”. We want to know if neurofeedback is helping. We want you to be able to see your improvement clearly, in black and white. So we measure treatment outcome with every neurofeedback client. Prior to starting neurofeedback, we measure the severity of your ADHD symptoms using well established psychological tests. These same tests are repeated after every twenty sessions and the results compared to the baseline scores. So you will know if neurofeedback helped: you will see it in black and white. In many of the Real Stories below, you’ll see the results of our treatment outcome measurement.
Meet Brad: A teen struggling with ADHD despite meds
Brad was in his junior year of high school when he came to us. Although he had been taking stimulant medication for several years, he continued to show inattention and impulsivity, as well as organizational problems and weaknesses in executive function. The stimulant medication made his anxiety and oppositional behavior worse.
After 9 weeks and 18 sessions of neurofeedback for ADHD treatment, he was calmer, more focused and flexible, and his mood was improved. We measured Brad’s symptoms before and after 18 session of neurofeedback using a well established computerized test. The results showed very significant improvement in both areas. His scores are shown on the right. Brad started his senior year medication free.
Meet Martha: 42 with severe ADHD
In our testing prior to beginning neurofeedback, Martha showed significant difficulty with attention, hyper-restless behavior, and total ADHD symptoms. On a computerized test of attention and impulsivity called the IVA, 999 people out of 1000 scored better on impulse control.
After ten weeks and 20 sessions of neurofeedback for ADHD treatment, all the tests were repeated. This time she performed better than most.
More inspirational Real Stories from our clients with ADHD:
The effects were not immediate. Within 5 sessions, however, I began noticing subtle differences in the way I approached test questions. My ability to remain focused on the question at hand changed for the better. I began to read faster and discriminate more effectively between more and less important information, as presented in the often lengthy test questions. I also noticed a greater ease with which I approached my daily test preparation.Throughout the 6 week therapy, Dr. Hirshberg made adjustments in the treatment protocol based on my personal reports and continually honed the training to maximize my ability to learn, and convey what I had learned, effectively.
Curiously enough, the afternoon I found out by telephone that I had passed the exam, I was at the NeuroDevelopment Center undergoing training. With electrodes attached to my head, I got the good news. Two and a half years of effort had come to an end. The sounds and colors from the Dr. Hirshberg’s training terminals had taught my brain about itself. My effort had paid off, but it had also been sharpened by a very special type of therapy, one that is not yet part of medical curricula. Thanks to the neurodevelopment center I am now free to move ahead in my professional, and personal, development.
As tears streamed down my face, and I tried to verbalize my joy to those in the room, Dr. Hirshberg detached the electrodes: “That will be enough training for today.”
The solution: “After 20 neurofeedback sessions, my husband and I see Evan’s improvement first-hand in day to day situations! Evan’s “stick-to-itness” has improved tremendously. He’s actually able to finish tasks he begins without getting side-tracked ten times! He functions on a much more even keel, and his outlook is much more positive. Incidents which would have angered or frustrated him before neurofeedback, now seem to have very little negative effect. His whole personality has “lightened up,” and he is actually able to laugh at himself! In looking at his report card for the last marking period I was truly amazed; all his grades were good, but in two courses he liked the least, he went from a 70 to an 80, and a 75 to a 95! I very rarely feel the need to give him his medication any more, so I feel much more secure about sending him to college this September.”
We tested Evan’s attention using a computerized test before he started neurofeedback and after 20 sessions. His scores before neurofeedback placed him in the 3rd %ile for both auditory and visual attention. After 20 sessions of neurofeedback, he score at the 58th %ile for auditory attention and the 63rd %ile for visual attention. His scores were normal.
*The names and photos of “Real Story” clients have been changed to preserve their privacy and adhere to HIPPA regulations.